Monday, December 14, 2015

A third round of philosophy links

(3rd of 3 link lists posted between Dec. 12 & 14)

Mary Beard is interviewed about SPQR (her book about ancient Rome that's on many books-of-the-year lists).

Kimberly Ferzan (Law, UVA) reviews Dana Kay Nelkin's 2015 article, 'Psychopaths, Incorrigible Racists, and the Faces of Responsibility' (published in Ethics).

Frank Richardson reviews William H. Gass's collection of stories, Eyes

Udi Greenberg reviews Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life (by Michael Jennings and Howard Eiland).

From last April, a C-Span interview about Frantz Fanon with Lewis Gordon, co-author of What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought.

Michaël Foessel and Jürgen Habermas discuss 'critique and communication'.

Tim Black on Raymond Tallis' book The Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life.

Excerpt from George Musser's Spooky Action at a Distance:
When the philosopher Jenann Ismael was ten years old, her father, an Iraqi-born professor at the University of Calgary, bought a big wooden cabinet at an auction. Rummaging through it, she came across an old kaleidoscope, and she was entranced....Decades later, while preparing a talk on quantum physics, Ismael thought back to the kaleidoscope and went out to buy a fancy new one, a shiny copper tube in a velvet case. It was, she realized, a metaphor for non locality in physics.
Marcelo Gleiser, 'Could All Really Come From Nothing?'

By the developer of 'Social Contact, a digital simulation of political philosophy':
This article aims to expose the inherently political aspect of game development. By taking the particular topic of political philosophy of the Enlightenment, I hope to show how computer simulations can help us in acknowledging the politics in designing and developing games.
Simone de Beauvoir is the topic of this BBC discussion hosted by Melvyn Bragg (with Christina Howells, Margaret Atack, and Ursula Tidd).

Iris Murdoch was a Tolkien fan.

Rowan Williams on 'What Orwell can teach us about the language of terror and war'.

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